People completing the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (both theoretical and practical components) can look for employment in healthcare environments such as hospitals, aged care facilities, rehabilitation centres, hospices or disability and home care services. This qualification is an entry level into health services and may lead into Certificate IV Allied Health Assistant or Enrolled Nursing, as an introduction to the profession of Nursing.
This qualification covers workers in a range of work roles who provide assistance to health professional staff with the care of clients. Health Service Assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision. This qualification has been structured with elective groups for specific work functions in operating theatre support and assisting in nursing work in acute care. In addition, the qualification supports multiskilling requirements of smaller and rural/remote work settings.
Educators and learning support
Learn from the industry experts and people with hand-on practical experience
The course is delivered by local, qualified industry professionals, who understand the context of practice and embrace the principles of cultural safety in their teaching.
15 competency units are required for award of this qualification, including: 7 core units and 8 elective units.
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Recognise healthy body systems
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Participate in workplace health and safety
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Organise personal work priorities and development
Assist with movement
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
Facilitate the empowerment of older people
Meet personal support needs
More information about the course
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Transfer (CT) and National Recognition
Prior to commencing the program any learning achieved through formal education and training (credit transfer) or, any learning achieved outside the formal education and training system (RPL) or, recognition of AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by training organisations registered in any Australian jurisdiction will be reviewed and granted as deemed applicable by the course coordinator.
RPL is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning to determine the equivalent competency outcomes.
CT is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications
Credit will be transferred for prior successful completion of units of competency.
You can apply for RPL or CT by arranging an interview with the Course Coordinator. This is best discussed on enrolment with the course coordinator so your individual plan of training can be adjusted prior to commencing.
This course is industry based training and therefore participants of this course who are not employed within the industry, are required to undertake four (4) weeks full time unpaid placement hours. This will be arranged by your Course Coordinator with a local Industry provider.
A current Police Check and Ochre Card issued by SAFE NT are necessary to permit placement and/or on-the-job training and assessment to be conducted. This indicates your suitability to work in this industry.
Up to date vaccinations are required for placement within the NT hospitals only and are recommended for all other services. The current list of required vaccinations are: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Pertussis, Tetanus / Diphtheria and Influenza (annually).
Travel and accommodation, where required for placement, is at cost to the student.
NB: several units require industry placement to demonstrate safe and competent practise therefore it must be understood this is not a theory based qualification.
Training and assessment arrangements
Training and assessments are conducted in English. Applicants must possess functional written and spoken English. No other prerequisite applies to this Course.
The classroom sessions will be four (4) hours per week for twenty eight (28) weeks, followed by the four (4) week work placement. Students should allow home study of a minimum of six (6) hours per week for the course duration. The Unit Delivery and Assessment Plan indicating the type and frequency of assessment, performance criteria and academic guides, will be provided at start of term.
The delivery schedule is subject to change if students are a cohort from industry and the schedule will be negotiated prior to enrolment.
Course fee and Text Books
This course may be subsidised by the Northern Territory Government. All candidates will need to cover the cost of materials and student services ie admission fee, text books and uniforms. Please contact us to check the availability of subsidies and your eligibility.
Full fee paying course fee: $4,300.00,
NTG subsidised course: $2,300.00 (to eligible candidates only)
RPL Fee: $7.50 per nominal hour eg a unit may be 20 hours therefore the cost for RPL of that unit is $150.00.
A non-refundable admission fee of $150.00 is to be paid on enrolment into the course. Students will then be required to agree to a formal payment schedule for the duration of the course. Please note that a processing fee of $5 applies to each payment made ie monthly payments will incur a $5 processing fee each month, fortnightly payments will incur a $5 processing fee each fortnight and weekly payments will incur a $5 processing fee each week.
FOX Education offers a pay as go service. No fees in advance are accepted. Fees are payable through direct bank deposits or at our Offices.
All fees must be paid before a Certificate or Statement of Attainment is issued.
Students are required to purchase a text book for this course at a cost of approximately $120.00. The details of the text will be provided to all students at orientation as the text may change from year to year.